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Could Brexit break the BBC? The tensions, the bewildering question of ‘balance’—and how to get it right

How our national broadcaster has tried—and sometimes failed—to cover the biggest political crisis of our time

By Mark Damazer   April 2019

How did the BBC cover the one political topic that overshadows all others? Photo: Prospect

I need to begin with a confession. I am a BBC believer. Public service broadcasting, which extends beyond the BBC but has the organisation at its centre, is one of the best things about Britain. It was my teenage ambition to work for it when growing up in a north London suburb, devouring Match of the Day, Top of the Pops and also the news. My parents were not British but they were BBC-shaped…

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